Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Man of Honor by Sarah O'Rourke!!!

Title: Man of Honor
Series: Passion in Paradise
Author: Sarah O'Rourke
Genre: Erotic Romantic Comedy
Published: July 25, 2016
Sheriff Zeke Monroe loves one woman...Honor McKinnon. He is willing to stake his entire future on protecting matter what the cost. 
Honor McKinnon knows she is broken. Her body and soul had been shattered by a violent attack years ago, and no one...not her sisters or anyone else in the tiny town of Paradise, especially the Sheriff...can change that. Rather than dealing with her wounds, she chooses to protect herself from any further damage, even if that means that she avoids the one chance at love. But Zeke is determined to break down Honor’s walls...and to find the persons responsible for hurting her and make them suffer. 
He’s already killed for her once...and is willing to do it again if it means she'll know safety and happiness. 
What happens when Zeke refuses to allow Honor to ignore her past? Will Zeke’s love be passionate enough to break down her barriers? And can Zeke save Honor when her life is in danger once again? 
Join Sarah O’Rourke in this epic culmination of the Men of the McKinnon Sisters stories...and find out how the Passion in Paradise series is always scorching hot! Standalone, romantica suspense.

"WOW!!! This made me an emotional wreck." ~MsMe28
"This is a beautiful story of love, loss and moving forward.  I would recommend this book and all books in this series!" ~Sassy Southern Book Blog
"OMG WOW!! I have been hooked on this duo as writers for a while but with this book they absolutely outdid themselves." ~Book Happiness

Darra's Review:

I knew a little about Honor and what happened to her, but I never imagined it this awful. Almost too painful to read such horror. But with the strong characters in this book, it made the pain lessen. Sarah O'Rourke writes characters with hope, despair, anger and persaverance. All the qualities that make each one stand out. 
Zeke is crazy in love with Honor and has been for many years. I have to give it up to him. I cannot imagine being in his shoes and waiting for the one he loves. Despite Honor pushing him away at times, he still remains there by her side and wants to protect her from the terrible people that did harm her many years ago. He was over the top crazy. Totally understandable considering the circumstance. The Alpha in him needs to take it down a notch.
Honor-sometimes I just want shake her till she see's what is right in front of her. Stubborn? Beyond. She is very lucky to have such a great family, however she needs to stop being in denial of who only wants best for her.
I liked the basis of the story. At times it became a bit wordy and overexplained where the story was going. Personally I could not talk about my feelings as much as they did. 

My rating is a 4.1 out of 5. Solid story with a strong ending.   

Sunny's Review

We got to see a little bit of Zeke and Honor in Tangled Hearts so I couldn't wait for this book. I fell a little bit in love with Zeke. I didn't feel like I saw enough of Honor to form an opinion of her yet. So I had high expectations for this book. 

Zeke is an over the top alpha sheriff in a small town. I really did like him. He has spent the majority of his adult life trying to protect Honor. He blames himself for her kidnapping and brutal rape when she was a teenager. He has not dated anyone since she became an adult and he realized that he had feelings for her. I am still undecided on how I feel about Honor. While I can't imagine how I would be if I had to face the things that she did. At the same time, she seems very judgmental towards other people's choices. She is a mixture of a spinster and a child. There were some things that she would say that a 16 year old girl would say and then there things that were totally something your old unmarried aunt would say. I tried to give her some leeway since her life basically sucked due to circumstances beyond her control. I was very annoyed that she continued to play the victim even when she technically should not have been. 

I liked the story line. I thought that Zeke probably should have given up on Honor long before now but he didn't. There was a mystery and there were some serious issues in this book. It was tough to read some of it but I think that Sarah did a great job of showing the range of emotions that the characters were going through. 

I am giving this book 4.2 stars out of 5. Go get this book. You don't have to read all the books in the series. I didn't and had no problems knowing what was going on.  
Man of Honor – Excerpt
“Not necessarily, but I wouldn’t mind,” Zeke replied truthfully.  “Honor, darlin, you’re a gorgeous woman.”
“Not without my clothes,” she mumbled, bending her head to stare at her clenched fists.  “Ugly,” she muttered.  “I’m ugly.”
Tensing, Zeke’s jaw clenched.  “I don’t know why the hell you’re saying that, but there’s not a single ugly thing about you.  Not when you’re naked.  Not when you’re tryin’ to bring yourself to release.  Not ever, Honor Grace.  You do not ever have to be ashamed of your body.”
Honor slowly lifted her mortified gaze to him.  “You’ve never seen me without my clothes, Zeke.  There are scars.  So many scars.  They’re raised and bumpy.  Some are red and raw.  It’s disgusting, Ezekiel.”
“Bullshit.  Every single one of those marks remind me of one thing, Honor.  One,” he growled, holding up a finger between them.  “You lived.  You survived.  When all the odds were stacked against you, you defied modern medicine and every one of those damned doctors predictions, and you lived.  And all those scars will ever do is remind me of how lucky I am to still have you.  Don’t you ever tell me you’re ugly because you’re the most beautiful thing in my world.  You wanna be scared to share your body with me because of what happened to you?  I get that.  I can accept that.  But worrying about some marks on your flesh?  I love you, baby, but that’s insane.”
Honor stared at him a long time, gauging his sincerity.  “It doesn’t feel silly,” she finally grumbled.
“You need to reassess your feelings then because I assure you, it’s one of the silliest concerns you ever had.  Christ, baby, how long have you been agonizing of a worry as pointless as your scars?” he asked, shoving a frustrated hand through his dark hair.  “I could have put these fears to rest ages ago, Honor, if I’d known about it.”
“It’s hard to talk about,” she revealed in a low voice as her head twisted to look at him.
“Yeah?  Is feeling like shit alone better than talking it over together with me?” he returned calmly, reaching up to tenderly tuck her hair behind one ear.  “Baby, you gotta start getting this.  When you hurt, I hurt.  When you suffer, I suffer right along with you.  Don’t make either one of us feel that way needlessly, Kitten.  Just talk to me.  I know you have scars.  You’ve got them on your body, and you’ve got them on your soul.  I’ve sat by your hospital bed too many times to count and watched you while you did your damnedest to heal them both.  Those wounds are not new information to me and they don’t change shit.  I still love you, and I don’t allow those scars to do anything other than remind me to treasure every day I have with you.  Okay?”
Honor’s eyes were soft as they locked with Zeke’s.  “You really do love me a lot, don’t you?” she asked in a small voice.
“So much that I ache with it, Honor.”
Sarah O'Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who have taken their passion for romantic fiction and erotica to the publishing world. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, KY, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Neither is ever very far from a tall glass of sweet iced tea, their dog-eared copies of Gone With the Wind, or their Steel Magnolias DVDs!
Formerly an accountant and a chemist, they are now overworked, stay-at-home moms who adore their children, their husbands...and writing about love in every way possible!

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